Walt Disney Pictures has brought production to a close on the Untitled Henry Selick 3D Project, previously set for release October 4, 2013. The studio notified the 150 employees at Shademaker Productions in San Francisco earlier today.
Walt Disney Pictures stops production on the Untitled Henry Selick Project
We reported back in April 2010 that filmmaker Henry Selick (Coraline) signed a deal to make stop-motion features for Walt Disney Pictures and Disney Pixar. This would have been the first movie to come out of that deal. Insiders claim that the movie was behind in production, from both a creative and scheduling perspective. Since it would likely not make its proposed release date, Disney pulled the plug altogether. Production started last summer, although they still had not hired any voice actors.
The filmmaker is now free to shop this project around to other studios. Since Disney never released any promotional materials, the chances are greater that this stop-motion endeavor can find a new home.
The move will reportedly not affect the status of Disney's The Graveyard Book, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel that Henry Selick is attached to direct.